Lately, we’ve had a few comments from our viewers commenting on how (my–>) Martina’s skin looks so smooth in our videos. The truth is, I can thank Korea’s infamous BB Cream for my seemingly perfect skin. I decided it was time to let the cat out of the bag, and tell everyone about this awesome product. My secret is out! NOOOOoOOOoOOOOooooOOO!!

BB Cream stands for Blemish Base or Blemish Balm and supposedly it was originally created by dermatologists for laser surgery patients, but since then has been reformulated by various makeup producers in Korea. BB Cream is like a foundation + concealer + sunblock + acne cream + scar cover-up + fountain of youth mashed into one awesome product that feels like a light lotion.

BB Cream Precious Mineral All Day Strong

Martina's Favorite BB Cream

To begin with, I should say that I was not a foundation or concealer wearer in Canada. I didn’t like how heavy it was, how fake it sometimes looked, or how easily it rubbed off. BB Cream is totally UNLIKE these products. I first tried BB cream as a free sample and I thought it was just sunblock. When I used it, I realized it was much thinner than sunblock and it made my skin look awesomely smooth.

After juicing that tiny BB Cream sample package to the last drop, I decided to bite the bullet and buy my own bottle. It was time to be overwhelmed. There are a million brands of BB Cream and I had no idea the difference between them. Just to name a few popular Korean skin care brands:

Aritaum // DR. Jart + // Etude House // Hanskin // Holika Holika // Innisfree // IPKN New York // Missha // Nature Republic // Skin Food // Skin79 // The Face Shop

My personal favourite has come to be Etude House “Precious Mineral: All Day Strong SPF 30/PA++ Sheer Glowing Skin” which matches my skin tone the best, and it’s also a lighter formula, which means it doesn’t act like a concealer as much as others, and it feels just like a really light face cream.

Now, there are tons and tons of different kinds of BB Cream, with loads of different offshoots and varieties, all made for different kinds of skin. Surely, with all the options out there, you can find one that will suit you best. And so, if you’re looking to buy BB Cream, I would suggest going over the following checklist to narrow down your search before you decide to buy one:

1. Do I want a matte or shiny (aka “glowy” or “dewy”) look?
2. Do I have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin?
3. What colour is my skin tone (very fair, fair, normal, dark)?
4. Do I want: light or heavy coverage? sunblock? oil control? moisture? brightening?

If you find the right BB Cream you will be blown away because it can actually help clear up acne prone skin, improve oily skin, and cover-up scarring. When I leave Korea I’ll be sure to fill my suitcase with my favourite BB Cream. In the words of Simon: SHAAAZZZAAAMMMMM! *^_^* Anyhow, if you’re looking to buy some online, and know what kind you’re looking for, you might be able to buy it here. They ship internationally :D

  1. Please check out my “review” about bb creams http://czechheartkorea.blogspot.cz/2013/04/miracle-in-2-letters-bb-cream.html Thanks. btw, Eatyourkimchi FITGHTING :))

  2. Are there BB Creams for men with no tint? i would like to take care of my skin but here in america i need like 14 products to do what one bottle of BB cream can do..

  3. You can also check out  http://www.momomango.com if you want to buy BBCREAM in canada or USA!

  4.  So I ordered the Etude House BB Cream in the Sheer Glowing skin. Figured I’d try it. As it turns out. I LOVE it. But now I’m back online today looking to order it again… and it can’t be found!! On Amazon the price has been jacked up to 70 dollars and another site I found says it’s now discontinued?? Is this just my inability to find things online? Or had Etude house really discontinued it and moved onto the Bright version where you have to pick a shade…..

    So what are you using NOW Martina??

  5. So i am about as white as you, what should i get, Fair or very fair? You know since most people in korea happen to have a more olive tone to their skin? Also do they have big sales on BB Cream at any given point in the year?

  6. is there ne bb creams in korea that are for dark complected people… just wondering grrr

  7. Hey  Martina, I was wondering what’s the darkest shade BB creams have. I’m naturally tanned, with a yellow undertone to my skin. Think Caramel. Anyhow, I want to invest in a good BB cream. I’m not a heavy makeup kind of girl, I don’t wear foundation. I just wear under eye concealer.. ( Bad, naughty , not well behaved black circles ><).. An online recommendation with international shipping, or US shipping would be awesome..

  8. Great video! My only question is about make-up or more specifically skincare products (anti-acne, wrinkle, blemish, etc) for darker (African/African-American) skin types and tones as well as dry skin, oily skin, ya know the works. ;P
    The SHINEY BB creme said “whiteing” does that mean it would make darker skin look whiter or does it mean that it would actually bleach dark skin. Because that’s a fear of mine: having my skin bleached by accident.
    Does Korea have products that would damage/bleach darker skin and should people with dark skin watch out for that?
    (I figure Korea doesn’t have much, if any make-up for African/African-American skin :P)

  9. :D Oh my. HOW COME I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS VIDEO lol. Anyway, I purchased like a mini-set that contains different kinds of BB cream their Skin79 branded. I was wondering if you could make a review on that brand? ^3^

  10. Seen some posts that guys use it.   Have Simon test it for us!

  11. HEY MARTINA !!! tis is Amrita ,I am 27 year old with a sensitive skin ,but have absolutely no skin problems. I have a combination skin like my T zone is little oily especially my nose and there is natural glossy effect on my skin. Since past 2 years my skin is getting duller and i have started getting very fine lines and crow feat around my eyes because of a lot of tensions( not any more). I want to get rid of this problem asap. I want a BB cream which gives a glossy effect and evenly smoothens my skin . Could you please suggest me a BB cream for my skin type. I guess as you said IPKN New York is good for me. Still have a doubt, what do you have to say on that. Eagerly waiting for your reply. :) 

  12. your funny and pretty ! but we both brought the same bb cream from etude house! :) 

  13. They’re finally bringing BB Cream to Canada, guise!! /watch?v=41QPiSy8CdY (just imagine it with a Canadian accent… it’s the same commercial)

    I like to think your videos had something to do with this product finally making the overseas transition :) 

  14. i am going to go get some bb cream now!

  15. I just got the BB Cream from MisshaUS and it is wonderful! I don’t use makeup at all, but this gives me a look of being finished without looking like I have makeup caked on my face.

  16. Awesome review!! We just linked to it on our facebook page. You can buy this etude house bbcream along with many others at http://www.momomango.com. We ship to Canada and USA!

  17. AAAAH Garnier made their BB Cream, it’s here in Serbia and me and my friend saw it and screamed JAEJOONG(aka Hero from JYJ) and then there was a moment of silence and then it was like-FORGET-THE-FOOD. HAVE-TO-HAVE-IT.NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I love this review. I’m also using sheer glowing skin. And it really works so good.

  19. I just bought my first BB Cream and some other goodies, from the Face Shop here in NY. I love it….I look like Im 16 again! I even got a few samples and the best part a free Xmas Muffler….wow I love them!!!!!

  20. I am highly impressed to know that there are so much qualities are existing in BB Cream. As the regarding contents shows that this cream can truly used as a foundation, concealer, sunblock, acne cream and scare cover up. This one is truly superb. I am highly impressed to know about the multi tasking qualities of that one. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I just bought some missha perfect cover bb cream n. 23 online! it was awesome!! Thank you Martina! I absolutely hate make up and have only worn concealers/foundations 2 times..ever! And I waned to try something to cover up my red cheeks. i suffer from hormonal imbalances and im always HOT!! and flushed looking. I have great skin other than that and needed something that wouldn’t break my skin out since I just want to cover redness of cheeks. Thanks to you I was able to find out about bb creams!! WHOOHOO!! THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • what type of bb cream do you use?
      cause im 3 shades darker than your picture and i cant really find any bb cream that looks good on my face  :/
      please help

      • I’m Mexican and I use Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream in #27 shade. My skin tone has a yellow base but I’m basically tanned (that’s my natural skin color). Maybe that shade works for you. There is a LOT of difference between shade #23 and #27, so maybe it’s worth trying.

      • missha is the brand. and perfect cover is the type of bb cream. the color I have is n.23 natural beige. Some of the missha bb creams come in darker shades, so you can check out the website at misshausa.com. I would find which color and type you want and then buy it on amazon, its cheaper on Amazon.

  22. Hi, i’m not sure if any guys use this but as a recent college graduate i will be starting a new career soon and thought it would be a good time to enhance my skin tone. I haven’t used anything on my face since my last episode of acne about 5 years ago. I have combination skin, oily t-zone dry cheeks and some light acne scars. What kind of BB cream would you recommend? Looking for something light and natural looking, not too matte not too shiny. 

  23. Love BB creams myself. Started using them when I first went to Korea last year. As Martina says, it’s important to find the one that suits you :) Happily Korean products have- so far- never given me breakouts but some work better on my skin than others :) Currently loving the Jadilla J Original BB and the Missha Perfect BB (everyone’s favourite it seems, sometimes)

  24. I buy my BB Cream off of eBay for super cheap!! haha mama aint got no money ;) Anyway I just bought two different brands, 1) M “Perfection BB Cream” from Missha. 2) (My favorite) Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream from Skin Food. Know I’m not a big fan of make-up (I usually rock a bare face) but both of these make my skin look way better. The only down fall is that I live in Hawaii, hence I sweat a shit load, and all my make-up is off by the end of the day. So as much as I like both of these BB creams, I’ll usually wear Airbrush Spray Makeup from Sally Hansen (or no make-up at all). It stays on my skin, even after sweating haha and I look pretty decent all day. So I wouldn’t recommend these two brands if you live in a hot area and sweat a lot :) By the way, I sweat a lot because I have to walk EVERYWHERE, in like 85+ degree weather lol :/

  25. instead of ordering form yesstyle you can get the same products for much less, in some cases half the price!, if you go to amazon

  26. Hi Martina, I was wondering if it would be possible  for you to do a review on The Saem’ s Gem Miracle Black Pearl 02 Bubble Mask. I saw Lee Seung Gi (one of my favorite actors/singers) promote it and I was wondering how good it is. If you could really do the review I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a lot in advance ^^.

  27. Martina, do you know anything about which brands are good for darker skin? 

  28. I’ve heard about BB Cream before  from korean reality tv but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. It sounds amazing! Thank you so much for this post and video. I completely agree about foundation and concealer feeling too heavy, I don’t usually wear it either. I can’t wait to go to korea and buy this!

  29. I live in France and my mom don’t want me tor order something from Asia (she think every Asian countries are like China and sell things that are bad even when I tell her it’s not). So, when I received a catalog from Agnes B. and saw bb cream (named Agnes B. B.cream), I made a command and I’m quite happy with it actually ! So, if you’re in the same situation than me or just don’t want to order something pricey, you can always order from Agnes B. (I had mine for 5€ with reductions for newcomers ^^ ) ! And, the quality is quite good !

  30. oh Wooow I LIKE your vlog, so funny! ahahah… and yay, BB cream helps me a lot covering unwanted marks-I got breakouts during PMS-eek… my favorite is Luview whitening capsule BB cream, and Innisfree eco Green bb cream. ^^

  31. Does it make your skin whiter? 

  32. This is most helpful, Martina! I’m going to Korea in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been looking forward to shopping, but makes me even more excited! This cream sounds like a miracle – too good to be true! But, I believe you :D By the way, you said, ‘When I leave Korea’ – I was under the impression that you and Simon would be staying in Korea indefinitely/forever! When are you guys thinking of leaving? Don’t leave! :'(

  33. I heard a lot about korean lip stains. They are quite hard to find in France, I’m really curious about that. =p

  34. Hi guys! So I just recently ordered some Skin 79 samples, which is Triple Function and VIP gold collection. I’m in between light and dark for Asians, like there’s definitely have been darker but I’m not the palest, if you know what I mean. I tried both of them, and I feel that Triple Function is best for the summer and VIP Gold collection is for the winter, since the latter is pretty light on me. Since I just started using it, I don’t know if it’ll work for my acne. I ordered from Amazon from the seller Seoul Glamour, which ships straight from Korea according to the custom sticker on my package. They also gave me two free samples with my forty others, which is really nice, and they also gave a little logo thingy that says about themselves and how if you’re not 100% satisfied, contact them so they can take care of it. I would reccomend them for any Amazon buyers!

  35. martina…have you try skin 79 or missha bb cream? or any other type of bb cream??can you please tell me the list of bb cream you have tried?

  36. you guys should have a video segment called’ skincare sunday’ or something like that where you guys review effective-but-affordable products for both guys and girls. It would be very fun and informative for us to watch :)

  37. I tried Maybelline’s since it’s the only product widely sold in my country. It makes my skin so smooth, I didn’t even believe it. But the thing is, there’s only one type and the tone is a bit lighter than my Southeast Asian skintone. Etude House’s is so flabbergastingly expensive in Indonesia. Well, I exaggerated, but I’m a university girl, so I need to limit my spending habits. My dad often goes to Japan so I might ask him to buy me one if he understands, but I don’t know how much does it costs. How much is it in Korea, since Japan’s price isn’t really as different as in Korea.

  38. I use Etude’s BB cream too! Your videos are awesome! :)

  39. im kinda new to this but i am light skin and idk which one should i buy
    i was reading thru other blogs that its for all type of skin can you please help me (:
    thank you!!

  40. Thank you so much for introducing me to BB Cream! :D I’m never going back to foundation again! My first impression of the stuff wasn’t good (I had a really bad break-out after using it for the first time), but I kept using it hoping that the problem was hormonal instead of the BB Cream. Now, I couldn’t be happier! Old acne scars are fading, my skin tone is even, my pores are shrinking, and I don’t have to deal with messy, gross-feeling foundation anymore! Thanks again xoxo ^_^

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